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Classification and Treatment of Disease

This section gives a complete overview of the Ayurvedic understanding of disease etiology, i.e. how diseases are grouped and then differentiated according to Ayurvedic principles for proper treatment.  There are about 700 diseases identified according to the theory of Tridosha Siddhanta.  The classifications follow the categories set up in the early Ayurvedic classic texts of Charaka and Susruta, and expanded in the later works, such as the Madhava Nidana, published circa 700 CE. Continue reading ‘Classification and Treatment of Disease’

The Treatment of Fever (Jwara Roga)

According to Ayurveda, the generator of the bodily temperature is located in the forehead.  In Ayurveda, a disturbance to the regulation of body temperature is called jwara, which is correlated to the medical concept of fever.  In most cases fever relates to a situation of diminished heat inside the gastrointestinal tract (i.e. the amasaya), and a high peripheral temperature.  According to Ayurveda, fever can either be a disease or a symptom of another disease.  Fever as a disease is classified into eight categories: Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Vata-Pitta, Vata-Kapha, Pitta-Kapha, Vata-Pitta-Kapha, and Aghantuja.  Fever as a symptom is found in infectious diseases or diseases classified within the character of Pitta.

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Diseases of the Digestive System (Annavahasrota Roga)

There are many medical terms for digestive problems, but the fundamental cause of all of them is directly related to abnormal functioning of Agni.  Agni is defined as the digestive fire, the heat producing physical element present in the alimentary system that is responsible for cooking the foods we eat. Continue reading ‘Diseases of the Digestive System (Annavahasrota Roga)’

Diseases of the Respiratory System

Inhalation of smoke, dust or polluted air, excess exercise, suppression of natural urges, and overuse of dry foods can produce cough or respiratory irritation.  Neglect of cough can lead to more serious lung conditions. Continue reading ‘Diseases of the Respiratory System’

Diseases of the Liver and Spleen

According to Ayurvedic theory, Liver and spleen disorders are often due to neglect of Pandu, a metabolic disorder correlated with the various types of anemia.  Persons who over-exert themselves, eat excessive amounts of sour and salty foods, drink alcohol or do other things that vitiate the blood are subject to this group of diseases. Continue reading ‘Diseases of the Liver and Spleen’

Diseases of the Heart

Disease of the heart and the cardiovascular system are divided into five categories, with the characters of Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Sannipata and Krimija.  A general rule is that heart disease is often caused by pathogenic defects of the serum.  These defects must be corrected, typically, by using measues such as restricting the intake of heavy and greasy foods, and by prescribing regular exercise as well as digestive or heart-specific rasayanas.   Continue reading ‘Diseases of the Heart’

Diseases of the Urinary Bladder

Diseases of the urinary tract and kidneys are broadly classifed under the heading of “Mutravahasrota Roga”.  In general, diseases of the bladder and urthera are called “Mutraghata” whereas metabolic diseases marked by polyuria (excessive urination) are typically classified under the heading of “Prameha”. Urinary diseases under the heading Mutraghata can also be classified into thirteen categories: Continue reading ‘Diseases of the Urinary Bladder’

Diseases of the Kidneys

Diseases of the kidney as well as metabolic conditions marked by polyuria, or excess urine excretion, largely come under the heading of prameha in Ayurveda.  Prameha is a term that refers to the kidneys and their failure to properly preserve vital nutrients in the blood, allowing their excretion into the urine.  It is diagnosed on the qualities of these substances found in the urine, and are broadly classified into three basic categories: Kaphaja, Pittaja and Vataja. Continue reading ‘Diseases of the Kidneys’

Male Reproductive Disease

Ayurveda separates shukradosha, or defects of semen into eight categories: foamy semen, deficiency of semen, rough semen, colorful semen, putrefactive semen, viscous semen, semen mixed with blood and acids, and coagulated semen.  Foamy semen, deficiency of semen or little semen, and rough or dry semen are Vata disorders, concerned with the aggravated function of the nervous system. Continue reading ‘Male Reproductive Disease’

Female Reproductive Diseases

This section reviews the various female reproductive diseases as described in Ayurveda.  Diseases of the female genital organ such as herpes and syphilis are common to both sexes and are discussed under Male Reproductive Disease (Purushajanendriya Roga). Continue reading ‘Female Reproductive Diseases’